The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Burt Lauderdale is the Executive Director of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC), a 26 year old statewide social justice organization that utilizes grassroots organizing and leadership development to address a broad range of environmental and economic justice issues.
Lauderdale will discuss the promise of the 1977 federal surface mining law and what he and KFTC describe as the systematic non-enforcement of this law. Lauderdale argues that this legacy of non-enforcement should not be overlooked when contemplating new energy policy, including laws, regulations, and incentives to promote the expanded use of coal and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
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